Rachel Singer Gordon has put up an exerpt of her new book The Accidental Library Manager at LISJobs and it is GREAT reading! Rachel’s take on all things library always impresses me. I was lucky enough to chat with her over dinner at ALA and we got to cover loads of stuff… including managing and staff morale.
Run..don’t walk to this one.
Mary Jo, one of the members of our PhD cohort, asked me for some LIS news sites and blogs that she might look at to get started as an offshoot of my presentation in class this weekend. What I thought I would do is post it here…because it might be helpful to other folks as well.
First up: don’t miss LISNews as the perfect starter news clearinghouse.
Then, take a look at:
http://www.hi.is/~anne/weblogs.html (This one is rocking my world right now…)
There’s an LIS blog for every interest!
These, from my link list, are faves:
Karen Schneider’s Free Range Librarian
The Creative Librarian
Daniel Bazac’s Blog
Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian
The Librarian in Black
Library Stuff Blog
The Shifted Librarian
Take a look! Dive in!
Thanks WebJunction and Bertha Gutsche
here’s the Ten Things… post mentioned….
PS: I noticed too that this little piece was no way all inclusive… Take a look at my links for more library techblogs! Jenny for sure! And my buddy Aaron!
Read this excellent article…and look deep within yourself and your library’s culture…
This isn’t really a tech article but many of the points could be applied to how your library handles technology — or doesn’t handle it!
Excerpt: These are some great questions to ask in an interview:
Describe the morale in the library.? How does the staff socialize together?
What are some of the frustrations of the professional and paraprofessional staff? ?????
How is information communicated in the library?
How are executive decisions made and communicated?
How do departments communicate in the library?? Are there mechanisms set up for communication across divisions and departments?
Steven Cohen writes at LISCareer.com:
TTW gets a mention as do some great tips for marketing ourselves and the profession. Never miss a chance to tell someone what you do as a librarian!
Aaron and I will also be participating in the Online Social Networks Conference — discussing blogs in libraries. Note that Howard Rheingold will be there. I’ve been reading his book on virtual communities for my big UNT class this semester!
From the site:
SN2004 will be a summit meeting where you will have a chance to hear from and interact with many of the pioneers in the field of online social networks as well as some of the current trendsetters now exploring the latest technologies and applications.
In 2001, the first Online Social Networks conference explored the emerging field of online social networks. Since then, there has been an explosion into the mainstream of online social networks. OSN2004 will explore three main areas:
and Political OSNs.
Join Howard Rheingold, Lisa Kimball, Joi Ito, and a host of online social network experts to:
Exchange ideas with experienced pioneers and leading thinkers in OSN development
Gain insights in making better use of social capital, successful collaboration online, and efficient creation and management of knowledge capital
See where social software stands today and where it’s going in the future
Make contact with leading solution providers
Yesterday, Aaron of walkingpaper fame and his wife Kate drove over from Illinois. During the day, we worked on our blog article. We write well together and I’m pleased with our results.
We had dinner as well last night: Aaron, Kate, Steve, and I …outside, with my two dogs and their sweet little Pug Mao cavorting about the yard.
That’s what I said to the T-Mobile rep on the phone yesterday… I’m taking the plunge… I’ve read there should be no problem with the treo and my Mac…we shall see…
Steven mentions the information cacscade. I wrote about it here… I do believe there are cascades in the world of LIS!
I’ve been thinking a lot these days about technology planning — for last week’s retreat at SJCPL, for articles, etc. I do see how an info cacscade might affect a library as it plans new technology. Cool stuff to ponder…